Nets star Kevin Durant mentions Joe Harris in same breath as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson
Durant told Gonzalez “the sky is the limit” for second-year Nets center Nicolas Claxton, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
But the 32-year-old was even more effusive in discussing Joe Harris, whose name he dropped with two of the greatest shooters in league history:
Perhaps this seems like a reach to some. But it isn’t reaching. Not at all, in fact.
Harris has been one of the most prolific shooters in basketball in the past few seasons. He has shot at least 41 percent from deep in four consecutive seasons, leading the NBA with a .474 three-point percentage during the 2018-19 season.
The 29-year-old has been all the more efficient this time around. Harris is shooting a whopping 48.4 percent from beyond the arc on a career-high 6.6 attempts per game. He has capitalized on Brooklyn having three of the best playmakers in the game in James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant, always being available for catch-and-shoot looks and making things difficult for opposing teams with his constant movement.
Realistically, it is Harris’s shooting ability that sort of holds things together for Brooklyn. He makes the three superstars even more dangerous because defenders cannot help off him. That allows the isolation specialists to create for themselves and make plays off the dribble.
Harris might not be the most heralded player on the Nets roster. But he is as good a pure shooter as any in basketball. As for the Nets as a team, their hope is to win an NBA title and they will do whatever it takes for that to happen.